I don't know if anyone has started a thread like this and I apologize if they have (mods feel free to merge this with that one if there is) but do you and your family have any traditions that HAVE to be followed or members of the family get upset?
In my family we have traditions that the hubby and I have carried over from our growing up and we have added our own that we are sure our daughters will carry to when they are out on their own with their own families.
My MIL ALWAYS gives each one of her grandchildren (6 in total now) a new Christmas tree ornement. It always has something to do with what the grandchild's intrest is for that past year. And now the hubby and I get our girls a special ornement and always make sure its personalized since my daughters names are never found on anything. One name is very unique the other is a somewhat common name but the way we chose to spell it is the less common way.
We ALWAYS have to have a glass of orange juice before anyone unwraps anything. (that came from my upbringing)
The Night Before Christmas is read to each daughter before she goes to bed. We weren't going to do it last year with the older one last year and she got irrate! We figured she didn't want us to anymore since she was getting older. She told us she wanted us to read it every year..no matter how old she was...awww.
Christmas Eve is spent with the hubby's favorite Aunt and that side of the family. No matter what.
The girls and I all get matching pajamas to wear for Christmas Eve. And my older one looks forward to the new 'jammies.
Certain ornements HAVE to be in certain places on the tree.
We wrap the gifts on Christmas Eve. This posed a problem 6 yrs ago when I delivered little one 2 days before Christmas and didn't get discharged until Christmas morning. heehee.
There are others that escape me right now. But how about you? anything you HAVE to do to keep the harmony in the family